November 18 - December 23, 2006
The multidisciplinary work of Sylvain Bouthillette oscillates between painting, engraving, photography, installation, music and dance. To highlight its production since the late eighties, the Musée régional de Rimouski and the Center EXPRESSION of St-Hyacinthe have co-produced Dharma Bum, a retrospective of the works of this prolific artist in mid career. The exhibition, which will travel across Quebec and Canada, is accompanied by a catalog written by curator Bernard Lamarche who prepared the retrospective.
The work of Sylvain Bouthillette has been asserted in recent years by works inspired by the spiritual quest for enlightenment from Buddhism. The animal motifs (particularly the figure of the tiger) which allowed him to be recognized in the art world, argue a mystical research as well as an aesthetic pursuit. The artist tries to reconcile spiritual values with the cerebral intellectualism of critical discourse: “To take our spiritual food, we must take our intellectual freedom, social freedom. In my opinion, spiritual consciousness is the most complete form of politics. ”
Whatever the medium used, his works tend to show that ridicule, impermanence, confusion, instability, ambiguity, uncertainty and embarrassment are all forms of liberation if we stop believing that life is something stable and definable.
The title of the exhibition S.N.O.E.G.I.P. read upside down becomes pigeons, one of the figures represented in the recent works of the artist. Like his work, the title refers to a questioning on the deconstruction of language and a nod to constructivism.
Galerie Trois Points presents for the third time a solo exhibition by Sylvain Bouthillette, whose artistic production has also been shown many times in Toronto, New York and France. His works are also part of the collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal.
- Lyne Crevier, Dindon…, Ici, 2006. 11. 30.. PDF